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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Former Heltonville School Owned By Bedford Transitions Property Value Estimated at $2.9 Million

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JUNE 7, 2022 - The consolidation and sale of one North Lawrence Community School property is having an impact on one Lawrence County Township.

The property has a new assessed value of $2,969,8000 to help with Pleasant Run Township's tax base.

In June 2021 the North Community School Corporation sold the former Heltonville School to Bedford Transitions in the amount $735,000.

There were two bids on the property at the time. The other bid came from Michael Coryea who is a psychiatric nurse practioner.

According to Jerry Ford the former school will be designed for a 100 - bed treatment facility to expand the recovery center that already exists in Bedford.

The facility will be a 28 -day inpatient with a partial hospitalization program. The patient will participate in a full recovery program and will graduate from the program.

The patient then will receive job placement, along with housing once they complete the 28-day program.

The North Lawrence Community School board decided it was not financially feasible to keep four of the corporation's schools open due to declining enrollment and operating costs.

The former Heltonville Elementary School was sold to Bedford Transitions in the amount of $735,000

The Fayetteville School was deeded over to Indian Creek Township who then deeded the property over to the Lawrence County Independent Schools.

Lawrence County Independent Schools is a newly formed charter school.

Lawrence County Independent Schools first year of operation was successful with over 300 students enrolled the first year

Lawrence County Independent Schools was able to open the school by August 2021 for the school able to enroll over 300 students. The school year has been deemed a sucess.

Springville Elementary School was deeded over to Perry Township who then deeded the property over to the Springville Community Academy who is expected to start classes in the 2022-2023 school year.

Springville Community Academy will be used for multipurpose which include a charter school and other community uses.

The Springville Academy is expected to open in the 2022 -2023 school year

Former Stalker school on W Street is being used for Playful Pathways Day Care and has seen enrollment for those programs to grow.

The Fayetteville and Springville communities have been supportive of keeping schools open and within driving distance of their communities.

North Lawrence Community School Board plan are to centralize most of their operations within the City of Bedford. Schools remain in the Needmore, Oolitic and Shawswick areas of Lawrence County.

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